Great French bakery with traditional French baguette, sandwiches, and pastries. A favorite in the area. Well worth the money.
Have always liked Paul as the quality has always been top notch and you know what your getting.
Although nothing has changed in the quality department it's hard not to notice the ever increasing prices and what appears to be smaller sized portions for those increased prices :( it's meant less frequent visits.
I still remember as a very young child walking down the stairs of our 9th floor apartment in Paris to go to the local boulanger for the bread and if I was lucky a slice of flan natural. Paul is the only place I know that sells it in the UK. For recreating THE taste of my childhood I'd like to say 'Merci'
We stumbled across Paul after walking around Borough Market and was so glad we ducked in here for a quick meal.
I've since learned that Paul is a French chain. It's quite surprising actually since I can't help but associate places like Olive Garden, TGI Friday's, Appleby's and Chili's with the label of "chain restaurants". At Paul everything displayed looked wonderful and the items we purchased were delicious and tasted to be made from good quality ingredients. Plus everyone at the bakery section were in fact French. In short Paul is NOTHING like any of the restaurants listed above.
This particular location has a cafe in the back and I was surprised by how good all of our orders were. Ingredients tasted fresh, taste was definitely there and the price point was not bad at all. Our server was wonderful and sweet and we immediately liked her. To the point where I felt guilty of shorting her of tip when I felt like she was so deserving of one since we Americans are so used to tipping about 20% of the total bill. However there was no "Tip" line when we received the printed receipt after our credit card was run through nor did we have cash with us.
Amongst all the cafes that offer great French pastries/breads within London proper, Paul might have been one of my favorites.
What a bargain!
A pot of tea, two mini macaroons (my absolute favourite), a tiny creamy creme brûlée and a squishy slice of chocolate cake all for £4.95. A perfect feast after the theatre and a perfect venue for dissecting the inner meaning of the play.
Croque Truffle - yummi yummi yum! It is absolutely divine! Two pieces of gorgeous toast filled with cheesy yummi truffle filling topped off with cheese and truffle oil. Mmmmm...! The vinegary salad was a good constrast, but a glass of dry white wine would have been perfection.
And need I say: finish with a macaroon!
If Jesus ate quiche you will find him at patisserie Paul after the second coming. Elvis however, will be at MacDonalds on the Strand.
In order not to make a habit of reviewing chains, I hereby declare that each patisserie Paul is a discrete business. They're not, but I don't want a rep as a chain Yelper and it gives me the excuse to go to each one and eat the same thing over and over again.
How is it that for Subway to make a roll taste OK they have to put 5000 ingedients and 300 sauces into them whereas patisserie Paul will make something spectacular by opening a demibaguette buttering it and inserting a single thin slice of ham paired with a single thin slice of cheese?
The French just know bread and no other nation has ever really come close in this regard. Had Napoleon opened a chain of brasseries he would have had no need of military campaigns, world domination would have been a surety, we would all have been spared the high street blight which is Greggs and Emma Hamilton would have lived happily ever after. How is it that the French have patisserie Paul and the British have Greggs? I ask you, we won the War of the Third Coalition! After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo all of the patisserie Pauls in Paris should have been moved to London and all of the Greggs should have been moved to Paris, that would have taught them a lesson!
I love patisserie Paul, I love the understated shop frontages which would not be offensive anywhere, the wonderful cakes and tarts, the quiche, the baguettes, the staff, it is one of the few chains that there are just not enough of. Why are there more branches of Pret a Manger and Eat than you can shake a stick at and not a single Paul on Bishopsgate?
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With the same business mentality as Starbucks, Paul provides you with the same standard of cakes, coffees, teas, and sandwiches as its numerous other locations.
Staff smile when you walk up (great!), are willing to make any changes to your order and the cakes were lovely and rich.
Chocolate and almond croissant here is the best thing you've ever eaten in your life, don't even try to argue! The hot chocolate is thick and rich like the one you see in the chocolate river from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Please open a store in the US, please please please.
Paul is Patisserie Valerie's arch-nemesis. Just as popular as each other, even I do not have a preference in between the two. I guess one could say that Paul specializes in fresh continental breads, whereas Valerie does better cakes. I do have a special incline for Paul but only because this is a chain that can be found on almost every street corner of Paris and it brings back good memories.
Paul also serves a classic hot menu, but only in two of its London shops. Go for the savoury crepes. They are delicious. The menu changes seasonally, so it is hard to say exactly what stays and what goes, but as a rule of thumb it is always good. Most other Pauls only serve a range of sandwiches, breads, and deserts. I absolutely love the little strawberry tarts that they serve here but truthfully all of the options are as good as each other.
Paul is not a cheap bakery, but a great place for the freshest bread and sandwiches available. I am also usually glad to see that every time I have walked into one, the staff have usually been authentic French with whom I have always been able to speak my mother-tongue French language which I miss so much.
Paul is simply delicious. It may be a little more expensive than your average bakery but the payoff is certainly worth it, with viennoiserie, pastries, cakes and desserts and sandwiches standing heads and shoulders above anything you can get in your local or the supermarket. The bakery was founded in 1889 and now boasts hundreds of shops in Europe and the continent.
The main draw for me are the quiches at lunchtime - in particular the salmon quiche - and the all-butter croissants. When I was in Spain we ate a few local croissants (made with pig fat and quite disgusting) until Paul came to the rescue. There's nothing like a French croissant, dunked into your morning coffee.
Paul is reliable. I love the cakes. I enjoy that the flavors of their dessert are richer and more intense than the chinese and japanese style of cakes that I'm used to.
If you like Hot Chocolate. Try their Mocha. There was so much Chocolate in the drink it was barely an espresso drink.
I will admit that I have not sampled more than half of what is offered at this lovely bakery but what little I have had was delicious. I am particularly a fan of their chocolate cake. So much so that my sister and I bought some to eat on the plane trip back to San Francisco. It's that good.
The sandwiches are quite good and their breads are worth trying. We bought a half dozen petite fougasse for a friend and she was all over them! She'd never had them and was a convert.
Boy, writing this review has made me crave their goods. I wish Paul would open a few locations here in the States! I can't afford the plane ticket to them.
Fantastic - that's all I can say really!
We both adore Paul and are yet to find a branch that isn't up to scratch.
I am very lucky in that there are two Paul's near to where I work but this one is our favourite.
It wins hands down as it has a great tea room at the back of the shop which houses plenty of comfortable seats but with the traditional French patisserie atmosphere.
You can have anything from the great menu (hot and cold) as well as whatever is on sale in the patisserie.
Service is always quick and friendly and you are left alone to enjoy your meal.
You ave to try the coffee with cream ;0)
In a country bereft of decent bakeries, Paul is definitely a force for good. Its bread is several leagues above what can be obtained from a typical British sandwich shop, bakery or upmarket supermarket. Together with high quality fillings, this bread effortlessly elevates Paul's sandwiches far above those available elsewhere on the high street. The rest of their offerings are pretty solid too, in particular their unusually excellent and rich hot chocolate, made with real chocolate rather than chocolate powder, and their cakes. Most of their staff are French too which adds further to the authentic experience.
The cosy Covent Garden branch is where Paul's London adventure started. The front of the shop gears to takeaway customers and is stacked with an array of tempting sandwiches, pastries, quiches, bread and cakes. At the back there is a seating area allowing customers to take some time over their lunch and order from a wider range of food. Service is quick, helpful and friendly.
Despite offering some of the best sandwiches on the high street, I think Paul has two weaknesses. The first is cost: sandwiches are priced at the higher end of the market at £4 minimum, pastries around the £2 mark and cakes the £3-£4 mark. The second is its lack of attempts to cater to a more healthy market, with an unashamed embracing of traditionally rich French ingredients such as ham and cheese. Both these shortcomings make my visits to Paul more of an occasional treat than a regular source of sustenance, but nevertheless this is still a dependably excellent bakery.
Very hard to believe this is a chain. I walked into it afternoon looking for a quick bite, I missed lunch and wanted something light . I got a cheese sandwich which had Emmental and tomatoes, cucumbers and a soft cheese. I am not a big fan of dairy products, but thoroughly enjoyed this sandwich. There was not too much or too less of anything. Hubby got the Ham with Emmental which was very good, so he says because I didn't get to taste it. I chased the sandwich with some hot chocolate which was way out of this world. My only complaint is the size...does small really have to mean small esp when it comes to hot chocolate?
The restaurant was not too busy when I got there, but that was after lunch. I really liked the ambiance, very Parisian...sans attitude. I will be going back if not for anything, the fantastic cheese sandwich.
I think this place is simply amazing. I had a chicken sandwich..sorry! i cant be more specific :( It was REALLY good but it wasnt warmed up enough and i didn't want to bother the guy ahah I also had a pistachio macaron; MY FAVORITE FLAVOR OF ALLLLL TIME! I literally died. One of the BEST macarons EVER! It's not too sweet and of course, I got the humungo one :) hehe
Lovely place, very nice waiters.
Paul is an example of a chain that works - good quality French pattiserie with amazing food and nice ambience.
This branch in Covent Garden can often get crowded at lunchtimes but is generally less busy for breakfast and afternoon tea. It's not hard to find but there are many other food places that will vie for your attention in Covent Garden.
I do go back here again and again for the reliably good food.
This place was ok.
It was a nice place to sit down for a lovely cup of tea and a cake after a hard day's sight seeing. However, the service was pretty rubbish. Standing by the 'wait to be seated' sign for 5 minutes the waitress walked straight past without even acknowledging us. The tea was really good and the pastries fine. The place is a bit shabby inside but ok. Then the bill was wrong. So ok is the best i can do.
Great service needed one of their Moelleux Chocolat cakes late on a Friday afternoon, they didn't have any left but said they had some in the oven and to come over and they would have it ready for me. Absolutely delighted with the service and the cake was delicious....
This is a great place to lunch,Coffee or cake.
Fantastic chicken Stew today served with fresh cut brown bread. Stew was so thick and tasty packed full of meat and veg. I've eaten here on a number of occations, usually lunch and have never been dissapointed.
A gorgeous little cafe/pattiserie set in Covent Garden.
You can smell the wonderfull cakes as you pass. Inside they sell a selcetion of breads, cakes, tarts and quiches to take away, or there is a varied menu should you wish to eat in.
Crepes/sandwiches and salads all start from £3.50.
It can be quite cramped in here and sometimes difficult to get a table. I often visit to grab a coffee and a piece of cake and don't mind the wait as i know the food is excellent.
It is set down a little side street away from the crowds and is streeped in history, a good place to visit if you want to get away form the commercial side of London.
Two words: Parisian Macarons.
London's Chain bakeries destroy those found in California. Paul offered the most delicious almond and chocolate croissant I have had. Great high table with perched chairs. Great place for a morning coffee and snack. Only draw back is that they do not offer filtered coffee which I was able to fnd at Pret a Manger.
My first day in London last year, my English "sister" took me to Paul's for a quick warmup (it was end November!). OMG! The sweet I ordered was so good and rich I couldn't even finish it, and the hot chocolate was fabulous. I'm looking forward to getting back to Paul's for another visit - and taking some of the bread back to my studio apartment this trip!
Delicious, decadent French-style cakes/pastries/sandwiches etc. I have never, ever been disappointed here - it's utterly gorgeous!
Very good french bakery, offering a wide range of traditional products from different regions.
What I usually have is the Montagnard sandwich, with a tartellette au chocolat, delicious and way affordable.
I think that this must be one of the first branches of the French patisserie to open up in the UK they now seem to be opening up everywhere. However what marks this branch out is the charming café at the back of the shop. It has a lovely vintage French feel, with a pretty décor. The food options are also very good. This is a good place to come for a coffee or a light lunch, with things like pancakes, both sweet and savoury and sandwiches, alongside the expected cakes. It makes a nice change to the sometimes very commercialised restaurants around Covent Garden.
This place is great if you love a chocolatey hot chocolate! Its a lovely french cafe chain, that also obviously means the pasterties are yummy and the coffee is fabulous. But the quality does come with a price, with the steaming hot chocolate with whipped cream beiing about 4 pounds. But oh well its worth it! You're worth it!
I try not to walk past this pattiserie when I am in Covent Garden (which is quite often) as it is just too tempting. You have to be pretty strong willed if you can walk past and not be drawn in by the aroma of fresh coffee and the glorious cakes and tarts displayed in the window.
They also sell salads, sandwiches and some hot meals but is the cake I always go for (explains my constant weight problem!). I can personally recommend the carrot cake and my husband loves the chocolate cake!
Their coffee is good and I am a very fussy coffee drinker and the hot chocolate tastes how hot chocolate should and not the watered down version that lots of places sell.
There are not that many tables inside although the narrow front of the shop does open out to a nicely decorated room at the back. There are also some tables outside which are good for people watching.
It can get very crowded and is certainly not cheap but for an occasional treat I would thoroughly recommend this patisserie. I have never been disappointed on my visits there.
Patisserie heaven! They have a wide selection of petit fours to sate every possible sugar-craving. And I do love a cup of their decadent hot chocolate on a cold rainy day (which means I have it quite often). They also do soups and sandwiches so it's great for a quick (quality) bite on the go.
I went here with my folks when they visited me. I must say at first I had no idea where to take my parents as I knew a traditional british breakfast would not get me any points. But walking towards covent garden we stumpled upon paul's and I am so happy we did. The inside is really cosy and comfortable and the food was great. they have a nice selection of breakfast options and if you're german and desire to eat proper bread in london I can highly recommend this place. their bread is good and if you're going for breakfast also cheap. they have bread basket option for about £4 which comes with 3 different kinds of bread, butter, and 2 types of paul's marmalade. I am not sure if it's seriously meant for 1 person, but it fed me and my parents - for £4!! and the bread and marmalade was delicious. The only thing to is that their hot chocolate is proper hot chocolate so more like melted chocolate which is not for everyone, but besides that, paul's is amazing for breakfast. I also had a hot panini to go there there was which was delicious with many more "to go" options which are perfect for breakfast or lunch.
the place is beautiful as is the fayre but it's let down by the rudest, most arrogant waiter I've ever come across in London, ney, anywhere in fact. what a shame!
too bad after having it in miami, didn't think it was extra special, and same thing here. had an almond croissant, which was soft but not flaky and the almond creme inside had too strong of an alcohol-y or extract flavor. maybe some of the other things are more reliable.
Lovely cappuccino in great surroundings, sat under a great painting, felt like i was not in busy london.
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